Jeff Schiano - Pennsylvania State University

Professor: Jeff Schiano
Department: Electrical Engineering
College: Pennsylvania State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Schiano is a great lecturer. He's very accessible outside of class, and wants to see you pass. He flies through the material, but in his defense there is a lot to cover. It isn't an easy class, and you have to work for a good grade. Unfortunately, he's extremely busy in the engineering department and takes a while to grade anything.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is my favorite professor so far at Penn State. This class has some pretty tough homework's, but if you understand them the tests are not bad. GO TO OFFICE HOURS. This course has a lot of content but Prof Schiano explains it very well with a bounty of real world examples and historical background which help to build a solid understanding.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He knows what he's doing! Amazing teacher. probably the best in the department.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's literally the best EE professors I've ever had at Penn State and the smartest man I've ever met. You do need to care tho, because he makes you work. A lot. But then you'll learn a lot from him. A lot. He does spend lots of time in derivation and cares about whether you understand the concept, which was awesome for me but aweful for some people
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The best professor in EE major. You will learn a lot from his courses
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do not him to post material in a timely fashion. He'll get around to it eventually. DO the extra credit projects!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: EE380
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Jeff is my favorite professor at Penn State. He knows what he's doing, but he makes mistakes in lecture. The most important steps of the sample problems are written on the blackboard, and you gotta write them down, otherwise you will be completely lost in the homework. Tests are hard, but if you did the problem right, you will get very nice numbers
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the most disorganized and arrogant professors I've met. His lectures are riddled with errors, and he lets assignments pile up at the end of the semester rather than posting them on time. Prepare for busywork and inexplicable mispronunciations of "parallel," "semaphore," and "ASCII." N.I. and Microchip must love his shameless sales pitches.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Schiano is a great lecturer and knows how to teach what is important. His homework assignments are long, but really help you understand the material well and prepare you effectively for the exams. My biggest issue with him is that he is so busy, he often takes weeks (or even a month or so) to grade your exams.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy. Seems like a know it all in class but if you talk to him at office hours he's extremely helpful. Tests are somewhat challenging, but lab projects are simple. The lab classes spell out exactly how to do the lab projects. If you know CMPENG 271 then you'll do fine.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
he's a know it all that runs through material faster than even a smart person can keep up with.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: EE580
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Homeworks are very long and consume so much time
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: EE580
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Probably the worst course I have taken in my life. The course was supposed to have two midterms, but he cancelled one of them ! Don't expect to get an graded homework. He spent a lot of time to prove a trivial statement and skip the hard proofs. Avoid his courses, total waste of time.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His homework sets can be immensely time consuming but his lectures are fantastic and you will learn a lot. However, don't expect to get a hold of him very easily or have your tests returned on time.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's a very good teacher. You won't learn more in a semester from any professor at Penn State as an EE. He literally stuffs the classes to the gills with important material. That said, you will be literally destroyed by impossible homeworks, insanely difficult exams and long, detailed lectures. Do not take this class lightly.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is an excellent teacher but the work load is ridiculous also his tests are extremely difficult
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: EE350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a great guy and an amazing professor but he makes you work. He makes up the homework problems and the test problems so you actually have to learn the material. Really helpful in office hours but exams are pretty difficult. Attendance isn't mandatory but if you don't go the homework is 10 times harder.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hilarious guy, great lecturer, and challenging teacher. Homeworks are quite difficult, and this class covers an absurd amount of material (including C, LabVIEW,and HDL programming, as well as PIC microcontrollers). Only negative is the lack of accessibility, and, related to that, very long wait-times for exam/homework grades.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Most poorly run course ever taken
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: EE200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you want a professor who is on time, strict, and will give you back your exams/homework within a reasonable time, you won't find it here. But if you want a fun experience and learn a lot, take his class while he is still figuring it out.
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